LARC NEWS Posted: 8/5/2017 12:45:24 AM

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By Wyatt Didericksen

          Fales Ranch located in Coolidge, Arizona is located halfway between the Copper State's two biggest metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson. Here is where one can find a family devoted to the wonderful sport of Quarter horse racing at the highly respected Fales Ranch, owned and operated by Ralph and Carrie Fales.

            With their iconic backwards facing F, which decorates the ranch's silks and blinkers, horses from Fales Ranch are hard to miss if you've enjoyed racing at sunny Turf Paradise. Natives of Arizona, Ralph and Carrie attended high school together but didn't start dating until a few years later. Through hard work and dedication, their son, Matthew Fales, has become one of the nation's top young Quarter Horse trainers with more than 335 wins and almost $3 million in total earnings to his name. Racing runs in the family and even the Fales' young grandson, Ryder, looks to keep the Fales name on the track as he absolutely loves the horses.

            Having raced hundreds of Quarter Horses, a question of interest became which horse was the most influential for the Fales. Which horse made the Fales fall in love with racing? For the Fales, the Quarter Horse that'll always be dear to their heart is Rockability. Quarter Horse racing fans in the Southwest will remember the son of Tennessee Breeze for his victory in the Grade 3 AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity on November 26th, 2000. With $59,062 in earnings, Rockability became one of the foundations of Fales Ranch, almost literally. Prior to Rockability's second stakes win, Ralph and Carrie were living in a single wide trailer working their hardest to provide a better future for the family. The money from the gelding's stakes win was used to pour the foundation of what would become the Fales first home. With hard work, a rock solid place to call home, and with 48 stalls to accommodate horses, the Fales are enjoying their American dream: working devotedly with the horses that come their way in bright and sunny Arizona.

            This weekend the Fales will be well represented in the trials to the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge, as their silks will be represented by Cowgirl N Up, a homebred filly that won the John Deere Juvenile at Turf Paradise. The victory earned Cowgirl N Up a berth to the AQHA Racing Challenge finals to be held at Prairie Meadows later this year. The Fales have brought her to Orange County for a chance to face tough new rivals, which they believe will help the development of the precocious filly. Out of the talented mare Secret Return, a five-time stakes winner of the Arizona Quarter Horse Triple Crown and more than $73,000, Cowgirl N Up will be hoping for as successful a racing career as her mother enjoyed.  Trained by Matt Fales, Cowgirl N Up will be running in the ninth and final race of the evening here at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday night. The iconic backwards facing F logo will be on the track for the Fales once again, just like it has proudly done for many years throughout the wonderful west. 

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